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Capital cheers the Queen’s Baton 2010 Delhi

NEW DELHI: On the penultimate day of journey, the Queen's Baton Relay 2010 was cheered by Delhiites, where ever it went. The baton visited Rajghat, the memorial of the Father of the Nation Mahatma Gandhi. It paid homage to Mahatma on his birthday, 2 October.

 Earlier, the baton visited Games Village accompanied by the members Organising Committee Commonwealth Games 2010 Delhi. The baton was taken for a ride inside the residential complexes and international zone.

 Waiting media contingent and people from all walks of life were gathered in large numbers to catch a glimpse of the baton, which will be put at the Jawahar Lal Nehru stadium today for the opening ceremony, where a grand celebration has been planned.

 In the Games Village, it was handed over to the Village's mayor Mr. Dalbir Singh.

 The baton reached the village after visiting Gurdwara Rakab Ganj Sahib and St Columba's School.

 "It is a great moment for us. We are hosting the Commonwealth Games and we are very proud of that. We have provided world class facilities to the athletes and we are ready for the grand opening of the event tomorrow," said mayor of the village, Dalbir Singh.

 Athletes of different participating countries, school children and other member OC officials welcomed the Baton inside the residential towers. School kids also got themselves snapped with the baton.

The Baton had entered the host city on Thursday from the neighbouring state Haryana after completing its 20,000 kilometers journey, passing through all Indian states and union territories.

 Day before, the baton visited Vijay Chowk, India Gate, Teen Murti Bhawan, Qutub Minar and Lotus Temple. The baton’s 190,000 kilometres long journey across 71 countries will culminate today at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium before the opening ceremony of the Games. - PTI